Partners in Crime: OCD in Teens & Depression

OCD in teens and depression

Partners in Crime: OCD in Teens & Depression

When the average person thinks about OCD in teens and adults, what comes to their mind? Usually, it’s something along the lines of neatness, obsessive organizing, or the detective character from the television show Monk. These are stereotypes and cause a lot of confusion relating to OCD in teens. Many people don’t know about the link between OCD and depression, even though they commonly occur together. Psych Central recently published an article discussing the frequent ignorance of depression and OCD happening together.

OCD in teensHow OCD in teens & depression are linked

For many, OCD in teens means depression, too. Oftentimes, this is because the effects of OCD in teens make an individual feel isolated, alone, and unable to move through daily life normally–which inspires depression. When a teen with OCD isn’t able to work through treatments because of their depression, the depression needs to be treated as well. Usually, once someone can be properly treated for OCD, the depression lessens and they’re able to move forward successfully.

It’s not only depression, though. It’s not unusual for OCD to co-occur with other disorders such as social phobia or generalized anxiety disorder. These comorbid illnesses can often get in the way of an effective treatment for OCD–which is why it’s important to recognize these disorders as blockades for OCD treatments. Otherwise, getting to the root of the issue and treating it will be much harder.

Finding treatment for your child

OCD in teens is very treatable, as is depression and anxiety. Your child has options. If you truly believe your teenage son or daughter is struggling with a mental health issue, it’s important to seek out a professional to guide you in the best direction for your whole family.

ViewPoint Center can help

ViewPoint Center is a mental health hospital for teens, ages 12 to 17. At ViewPoint Center, we provide superior assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and stabilization–all in a personalized environment for your child in crisis.

For more information about how ViewPoint Center treats OCD in teens, contact us today at 801-825-5222!


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